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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

International Commerce Center....



At 484m (1,574 feet), the ICC along with its cross harbor neighbor, 2 IFC at 415m (1,364 feet), with 88 storys (an extremely lucky number in Cantonese culture) and 22 high-ceiling trading floors, will form a sort-of gateway to Hong Kong harbor and represent the gateway to China.

Buildings in Hong Kong are limited in height so as to not compete with the mountains close by. And in China, they are limited by soil stability?
The 492 m (1,614 ft; roof height) Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China has proposed completion in 2007, but has been delayed by evaluation of soil stability.
would be kind-of embarrassing if the Shanghai project becomes a bigger version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, rightfully a structure that is very Italian in nature!

Also, building height statistics are very confusing to me. Many have both a roof height and a spire height for TV, radio and telecommunication that may add hundreds of feet to the height. The spires are not as technically difficult to build as the actual building structures and are not as relevant in accounting for feats of engineering.

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